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Clinton does not see Iran nuclear claims as rebuff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she did not view the latest Iranian claims about its nuclear program as a rebuff to U.S. overtures to engage Iran.

“We do not attribute any particular meaning, with respect to the range of issues that we are looking to address with the Iranians, from this particular statement,” Clinton said at a news conference when asked about an Iranian statement that it was now running 7,000 enrichment centrifuges.

She also cast doubt on Iranian claims of major progress in its nuclear program. “We don’t know what to believe about the Iranian program. We’ve heard many different assessments and claims over a number of years,” she said.

Editing by Sandra Maler